‘The Land’s End II’ was first exhibited in an expansive two-part solo show at the Tate, St Ives, in the UK. This major photographic work depicts a coastal rock rippling across seven panels that shift from dark to light. These dramatic gradations and the quiet intensity of the rock that appears as a void speaks to nature as a theatre.
In the definitive monograph of Beard’s oeuvre, Charles Saumarez Smith describes works from this period as evocatively exploring “the ways in which mood is evident in the clouds: back to Turner, where the depiction of the sky is an expression of emotion. It is as if he is tip-toeing back to where Monet left off and whereby it once again becomes legitimate to paint a seascape which is recognisable as a seascape even if that is not the purpose of painting it: the purpose is in the act of depiction.”
Beard’s work has been exhibited worldwide and has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Tate St Ives in the UK, The Gulbenkian Centro de Arte Moderna in Lisbon, Kunsthalle Darmstadt in Germany, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Australia. ‘Wanretganui Heads’ was selected to represent the year ‘1998’ in The London National Portrait Gallery’s ‘Painting the Century: 101 Portrait Masterpieces 1900-2000′. Notably, he has been awarded the Pollock-Krasner Award (New York) and has won both the AGNSW’s Wynne Prize and Archibald Prize.